Friday, September 26, 2008

Weekly Facts Blog – September 29, 2008

This Week!
2008 OAR Education Conference & Trade Show is October 1 – 3

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® annual conference is in Tulsa this year at the Renaissance Hotel. Join more than 700 of your fellow REALTORS® from across Oklahoma for state-of-the-art education, a fantastic REALTOR® marketplace, and endless networking opportunities. Don’t miss your opportunity to take some great CE classes from nationally recognized instructors. GRI and CRS designation courses will also be offered. Go to for more information.

This Week!
Commercial REALTOR® Education at the OAR Conference

OAR’s Education Conference has something for everyone, including commercial REALTORS®. Chet Allen will be teaching Big Money Real Estate – Development and Syndicating on Wednesday, October 1. Cost is $85. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or experienced developer, this course will give you the amazing tools to make big money in real estate and become a successful developer. For more information, click on the following link:

This Week!

Top Producer 8i – Friday, October 3
Free “Quick Start” Session, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center, presented by TOP PRODUCER® Regional Sales Associate, Tom Mangelsdorf. This session is geared toward new users or existing users who need a refresher on using 8i effectively. Top Producer 8i lets you spend less time at your desk and more time with your clients. Learn the essentials of managing your sales and marketing with Top Producer 8i in only three hours. For details on the class, click here: To register for this free class, please email

NEW Required HOT CE!
Basic Contract Course – Thursday, October 9
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Robert Nicholas, Esq. Brush up on the basics of contract etiquette and earn 3 hours of required HOT CE credit with OREC. Become familiar with the intent of contract sections and why it is important to complete sections accurately. The OREC State Contract will be used and discussed in this new course. Cost for members is $15 pre-registered and $20 the day of the class. Register online at – Log in and click the Education Button on the main page. For details on the class, click here:

GTAR and NORES Annual Meeting – Wednesday, October 15
3:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center; GTAR and NORES *voting members: This is your opportunity to select the 2009-2010 GTAR and NORES Board of Directors, as well as vote on proposed bylaw changes, and hear about what has happened in the Association over the last year. The slate of nominees is in the September GTAR World Newsletter, pages 3-6; click here to access it: (*If you are a REALTOR® member with GTAR, you are a voting member. REALTOR-ASSOCIATES® are NOT voting members.)

GTAR Community Forums – Fridays, October 17 and October 24
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Hear from community leaders what is happening and what is being planned. October 17 will feature speakers from Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Coweta, and Owasso. October 24 will feature speakers from Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, and Tulsa. These forums are FREE and open to all GTAR members – residential and commercial but registration is required. Register online at For more information, click here:
Oct. 17th Forum Oct. 24th Forum

OK Broker Relationships CE Class – Monday, October 27
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Ann Lloyd. OREC approved for 3 hours required (BRA) CE credit. Register online at – Log in and click the Education Button on the main page. This is the last BRA class being offered at GTAR this year.

2009 Dues are Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You
2009 dues billing will be mailed to all brokers on October 1, 2008. Dues billing for the Local, State and National Associations of REALTORS® are as follows: REALTORS® = $385; REALTOR-ASSOCIATES® = $355. Dues are due November 1, 2008; a $20 late fee will be added on December 1, 2008; all dues must be paid no later than December 31, 2008. Call Connie at 663-7500, if you have any questions.

Enforcement of Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase list
Beginning October 6, 2008, words or phrases listed as not acceptable and cautioned on the Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase list will be removed from all NORES listing remarks fields per NORES Rules and Regulations Section 2.20, 1, c. This includes school name and school district, walking distance of, within and near. Prior to October 6, please review all of your listings and make any necessary changes to ensure rule compliance. If you are found in violation of this rule, you will be subject to fines and/or disciplinary action. The Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase list is available by
clicking here:

Updated and Fill-in Forms are Now Available
Fill-in forms are now available at under Forms and Contracts for the new Sales Agreement (A114). Updated Financing Assumption (A208), Buyer Loan Commitment (A211), Additions & Alterations (A214), Property Management Lease (A723), Residential Property Management Lease Agreement (A729), and the updated Information on Buyer (INFB) are also now available.

Windows Update Compatibility with MarketLinx
Windows XP Update Service Pack 3 IS compatible with Marketlinx and is a supported installation. However, installation of Internet Explorer 8 (Beta) is NOT supported by Marketlinx. It is recommended that you DO NOT download or install this beta version of Internet Explorer.

The Commercial Information Exchange has a New Provider
Service with Catylist will end December 31, 2008. On January 1, 2009 we will migrate to our new vendor, Xceligent, who will provide a research platform that will include commercial listings by members and potential members. Xceligent representatives will begin driving our market in mid-September to collect and catalog commercial properties 20,000 square feet and above. We will add structures below this number over time. In addition, Xceligent will drive our market each quarter to identify new listings for the exchange. Brokers will continue to edit their listings, while Xceligent will perform routine audits of company inventories to ensure all active listings are in the commercial data exchange (CDX). Moreover, Xceligent will audit for complete and accurate listing information. Stay tuned for more information and updates.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Carlos Maldonado, d/b/a Future Homes Real Estate (First Publication)
Brett Batson, d/b/a Batson Real Estate (Second Publication)
Brenda Sullivan, Flint Creek RE (Second Publication)